Over the years, as I have worked on writing books of poems, I have written poems that remained unplaced in any book.

The poems of grief gave me one way to cope with the deaths of my sister and my wife. My sister Sherri, Harriett Chereleen McKnight, was born on 23 February 1951 and died unexpectedly on 3 May 1999 of a heart attack and stroke. She was a special education teacher and collapsed alone at school over her computer keyboard.

My wife, Gretchen, was born on 25 May 1944. I met her in the summer of 1984, she moved in with me in November 1985, and we married on 23 December 1989. Gretchen died on 17 August 2005 of respiratory failure due to chronic lymphocytic leukemia, having been diagnosed with the disease in the fall of 2003.

I wrote the “not quite haiku” mainly on my first smart phone, which was suited for a short form that I could peck out quickly.

Love poems are from many periods in my life. There should be more of them here; when I find more I will add them.

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The poet

Tom Sharp is Native American of Aleut heritage, a member of Seldovia Village Tribe. He is the author of numerous books, including Spectacles: A Sampler of Poems and Prose, Taurean Horn Press (ISBN 0-931552-10-9), a novel, Hans and the Clock (ISBN 979-8580172484), The book of science, SciFi (ISBN 979-8694935210), Things People Do (ISBN 979-8687425568), The book of beliefs (ISBN 979-8683553593), The I Ching (ISBN 979-8573510620), Aleut Artifacts (ISBN 979-8575608998), Aleut Words (ISBN 979-8582103394), and First Nations (ISBN 979-8682924769).

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